November 1, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Thursday, Nov. 1

By Jesse Connolly

Joffrey Lupul and the Leafs were slated to take on the Wings in this year's Winter Classic. (Getty Images)

It's the start of a new month, so why don't we start a new daily feature? Here's the first edition of Opening Faceoff.

Good reads

  • The NHL is expected to officially cancel the Winter Classic on Thursday (or possibly as late as Friday), nixing the anticipated Jan. 1 showdown between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium. Color Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul – who recently bolted for the KHL – and former NHL star Jeremy Roenick (Marshfield, Mass.) unimpressed.

  • Longmeadow, Mass., native and Junior Bruins forward Ryan Cloonan has been named the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Rookie of the Week. Read up on the University of Maine recruit’s recent feats on the EJHL’s website.

  • Don’t forget to check out the latest Boston Bruins Prospect Report, which features profiles of Niklas Svedberg and Cody Payne from NEHJ’s Kirk Luedeke.

  • CBC’s Elliotte Friedman compares the NBA and NHL lockouts in his latest edition of 30 Thoughts

  • The Sporting News’ Jesse Spector weighs in on the important role ex-BU forward Charlie Coyle (East Weymouth, Mass.) is expected to play in the Minnesota Wild’s quest for long-term success.

Quick hits

  • Happy birthday to former Bruins star Glen Murray. The man known as “Muzz,” who scored 209 goals in 570 games with the B’s, turns 40 today.

  • Happy anniversary to the Boston Bruins. On this day in 1924, the Black and Gold became the first American team in the National Hockey League. One month later in their very first tilt, they defeated the Montreal Maroons by a score of 2-1.

  • Speaking of the B’s, they should’ve been taking on the Leafs tonight at Air Canada Centre in what was their 10th regular season game. 

Today on NEHJ

  • Check back later on for Allen Lessels’ latest Atlantic Hockey Journal.

Entirely off-topic

  • Unless you’ve been sealed up in carbonite for the last few days, you’ve probably caught wind of Lucasfilm Ltd. and the Star Wars franchise being acquired by Disney for $4.05 billion. What does George Lucas plan on doing with all that cash? Donating most of it to philanthropic endeavors.

Jesse Connolly can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.